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Dr Sarah Crowley

Dr Sarah Crowley

Associate Research Fellow

 Environment and Sustainability Institute Desk 23, 1.03

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

I am an environmental social scientist and anthrozoologist currently based in the University's Environment and Sustainability Institute. From March 2020 I will be a Lecturer in Human Geography in the Centre for Geography and Environmental Science (CGES). 

My research focuses on using social theory and research methodologies to understand and address environmental challenges and conflicts; human relations with, and the sustainable management of, nonhuman animals; and the broader study of human-animal interactions (anthrozoology). I specialise in applying empirical research to contemporary conservation and environmental management issues, and particularly the management of introduced, re-introduced, and domestic species. I currently lead the social research components of an interdisciplinary project that works with cat owners to find effective, sustainable techniques to reduce hunting behaviour in domestic cats, without compromising cat welfare.

Qualifications

2017 PhD 'Ecological Politics and Practices in Introduced Species Management' (University of Exeter)

2012 MA Anthrozoology (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

2008 BSc Animal Behaviour (University of Chester)

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Research

Research interests

  • Collaborative, sustainable approaches to animal management and wildlife conservation
  • Applied, interdisciplinary research that seeks to address contemporary environmental challenges and conflicts
  • Anthrozoology and animal geographies

In 2020 I will be joining the Centre for Geography and Environmental Science (CGES) as a Lecturer in Human Geography. I will be developing further research projects relating to animal and environmental management, and am particularly interested in: 

  • Ecological politics of wildlife management and environmental conflict
  • Animals 'in and out of place', particularly:
    • introduced, translocated and re-introduced wildlife populations 
    • domestic animals in the wider environment, and
    • wild animals in domestic spaces
  • Wild attachments: the integration of wildlife species and populations into community and cultural identities
  • Nonhuman charisma
  • Sustainable relations with companion animals

Research projects

I currently lead the delivery of an interdisciplinary project that works with cat owners to explore the effectiveness and suitability of techniques for reducing domestic cat predation on vulnerable wildlife. I employ interviews, Q method, working groups and surveys to understand how cat owners think about and manage their pets’ hunting behaviour. I integrate this with ecological research on cat ecology and management techniques to further our understanding of the human-cat-wildlife triad, and to produce guidance for cat owners and interested organisations.

My PhD research applied social scientific methodologies to understand and inform the management of monk parakeets in southeast England; Eurasian beavers in Devon; and grey squirrels throughout the UK. This research aimed to improve our understanding of the development, complexities and outcomes of social conflicts surrounding animal management and to explore diverse and emergent human-wildlife relationships. I identified multiple ways in which people respond and relate to introduced wildlife and explored how these differences can produce both socio-political tensions and accords. My findings also led to the development of recommendations and tools to improve the effectiveness, sustainability and democratic credentials of wildlife management. 

Research networks

I was a member of the EU COST action ParrotNet (a European research network investigating the spread, impacts and management of introduced parakeets) from 2015-2017. I also contribute to the Science and Evidence Forum for the River Otter Beaver Trial.

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Publications

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Silk M, Crowley S, Woodhead A, Nuno A (In Press). Considering connections between Hollywood and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology Full text.
Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald R (In Press). Hunting behaviour in domestic cats: an exploratory study of risk and responsibility among cat owners. People and Nature Full text.
Robinson BS, Inger R, Crowley SL, Gaston KJ (In Press). Weeds on the web: conflicting management advice about an invasive non-native plant. Journal of Applied Ecology Full text.
Shackleton RT, Richardson DM, Shackleton CM, Bennett B, Crowley SL, Dehnen-Schmutz K, Estévez RA, Fischer A, Kueffer C, Kull CA, et al (2019). Explaining people's perceptions of invasive alien species: a conceptual framework. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 10-26. Abstract.
Beever EA, Simberloff D, Crowley SL, Al-Chokhachy R, Jackson HA, Petersen SL (2019). Social–ecological mismatches create conservation challenges in introduced species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(2), 117-125. Abstract.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2019). The parakeet protectors: Understanding opposition to introduced species management. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 120-132. Abstract.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe SJ, McDonald RA (2018). Killing squirrels: Exploring motivations and practices of lethal wildlife management. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Conflict in invasive species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(3), 133-141. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, Redpath SM, McDonald RA (2017). Disagreement About Invasive Species Does Not Equate to Denialism: a Response to Russell and Blackburn. Trends Ecol Evol, 32(4), 228-229. Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Nonhuman citizens on trial: the ecological politics of a beaver reintroduction. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 49(8), 1846-1866. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2016). Invasive species management will benefit from social impact assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2), 351-357. Full text.
Crowley SL (2014). Camels out of place and time: the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia. Anthrozoos, 27(2), 191-203. Abstract.  Full text.
Batt S (2009). Human attitudes towards animals in relation to species similarity to humans: a multivariate approach. Bioscience Horizons, 2(2), 180-190. Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Silk M, Crowley S, Woodhead A, Nuno A (In Press). Considering connections between Hollywood and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology Full text.
Crowley SL, Cecchetti M, McDonald R (In Press). Hunting behaviour in domestic cats: an exploratory study of risk and responsibility among cat owners. People and Nature Full text.
Robinson BS, Inger R, Crowley SL, Gaston KJ (In Press). Weeds on the web: conflicting management advice about an invasive non-native plant. Journal of Applied Ecology Full text.

2019

Shackleton RT, Richardson DM, Shackleton CM, Bennett B, Crowley SL, Dehnen-Schmutz K, Estévez RA, Fischer A, Kueffer C, Kull CA, et al (2019). Explaining people's perceptions of invasive alien species: a conceptual framework. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 10-26. Abstract.
Beever EA, Simberloff D, Crowley SL, Al-Chokhachy R, Jackson HA, Petersen SL (2019). Social–ecological mismatches create conservation challenges in introduced species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(2), 117-125. Abstract.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2019). The parakeet protectors: Understanding opposition to introduced species management. Journal of Environmental Management, 229, 120-132. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Crowley SL, Hinchliffe SJ, McDonald RA (2018). Killing squirrels: Exploring motivations and practices of lethal wildlife management. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space Full text.

2017

Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Conflict in invasive species management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(3), 133-141. Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, Redpath SM, McDonald RA (2017). Disagreement About Invasive Species Does Not Equate to Denialism: a Response to Russell and Blackburn. Trends Ecol Evol, 32(4), 228-229. Author URL.  Full text.
Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2017). Nonhuman citizens on trial: the ecological politics of a beaver reintroduction. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 49(8), 1846-1866. Full text.

2016

Crowley SL, Hinchliffe S, McDonald RA (2016). Invasive species management will benefit from social impact assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2), 351-357. Full text.

2014

Crowley SL (2014). Camels out of place and time: the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia. Anthrozoos, 27(2), 191-203. Abstract.  Full text.

2009

Batt S (2009). Human attitudes towards animals in relation to species similarity to humans: a multivariate approach. Bioscience Horizons, 2(2), 180-190. Full text.

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